Twin Peaks and Entropy

The remarkable new episodes of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival are burdened down by the weight of time. It’s not just the weathered faces and voices of our beloved characters, but the sense that the status quo has changed, that things were lost that can’t be recovered, and the darkness of the world remains as baffling and terrible as ever.

The moment where Badalamenti’s “Laura” theme returns in its most prominent statement–for me, one of the most moving moments in these first four episodes–sums this all up in a concise dramatic moment. The reprisal could have easily been gratuitous fanservice, but Lynch turns it into a deep expression of loss, of the effects of entropy on communities and people.

In this new Twin Peaks, nostalgia hurts.

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